The upcoming live-action series based on Marvel’s "Daredevil," developed by Drew Goddard, will be distributed via Netflix – part of the deal Disney and Netflix announced last year, which would see multiple original live-action series based on 4 of Marvel’s most popular characters, beginning in 2015, led by Daredevil, followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage."
At New York Comic-Con over the weekend, Marvel dropped a few nuggets fans of the upcoming "Daredevil" series will likely appreciate, including new casting announcements, as well as what roles each actor will play.
As already reported, Charlie Cox stars as Daredevil. He’s joined by Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Scott Glenn, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson rounding out the starring cast.
Announced at New York Comic-Con, Vondie Curtis-Hall has also joined the cast, to play a character named Ben Urich – described as a "chain-smoking, tough-as-nails investigative journalist for The Daily Bugle," who would eventually find out the secret identity of Daredevil.
The big Comic-Con announcement, however, was what character in the Daredevil universe Rosario Dawson would play – something which had apparently been kept underwraps since her casting months ago.
Dawson will play Claire Temple, who, according to the Marvel wiki, was a romantic interest of Luke Cage (I assume that this might give Marvel/Netflix the opportunity to cross promote characters from each of the upcoming 4 series, since Luke Cage is one of them). In her earliest potrayals, she was a nurse. She encountered an injured Luke Cage and the two soon became romantically involved.
As for how Temple will be worked into the "Daredevil" series, during the Comic-Con panel, attendees were treated to a clip of a scene in which Dawson’s Claire Temple tends to a wounded Daredevil, as they exchange cryptic words: He first says to her, "The less you know about me, the better," when she asks if he’s blind, or worse. And when he asks her if she’s a doctor, she also replies with, "The less you know about me, the better."
I’ll leave all that to you Daredevil pros to decipher.
So should we expect Rosario to be rocking an Afro, like the original Claire Temple, as you can see in the image above, or will she get an "updated" look? And given her involvement with Luke Cage, might he also make an appearance in "Daredevil," even as a cameo?
"Daredevil" – which follows the adventures of Matt Murdock, blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City – will be released in May 2015, streaming on Netflix. The 13 episodes will be released simultaneously, as usual, so there’ll be lots of binge-watching that week, I’m sure.